UPDATED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 8:33pm
Waco, TX — The West EMS paramedic charged with possessing bomb-making materials was granted a delay in federal court Tuesday in Waco.
Reed’s trial was supposed to start August 19 but U.S District Court Judge Walter Smith Jr. moved it back September 23 after a continuance request from Reed's lawyer.
Earlier this week, McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said a Texas Ranger investigation showed Bryce Reed was not linked to the fertilizer blast back on April 17.
In a press release, Reyna wrote, “I am currently in the process of reviewing the report from the Texas Rangers regarding the alleged possession of a prohibited weapon by Bryce A. Reed. The focus of the Rangers’ investigation was Mr. Reed’s alleged possession of a prohibited weapon several days after the fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant, not the cause and origin of the West Fertilizer Plant disaster. The Texas Rangers did a thorough investigation regarding Mr. Reed’s alleged possession of a prohibited weapon and have provided me with numerous reports and material. Based on the information I have reviewed thus far, I have not seen any credible evidence linking Bryce Reed’s alleged possession of a prohibited weapon to the fire and subsequent explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant; however, I still have additional material to review.”
Reed was a paramedic who assisted during the fertilizer blast aftermath who was also a prominent media figure in the weeks following the explosion.